One of the most anticipated UFC events of the year is scheduled for this Saturday afternoon (watch on ESPN)
At UFC 254, Khabib Nurmagomedov will face Justin Gaethje in a battle for the UFC lightweight championship, but the pair are expected to enter the cage at 4:30 p.m. EST on Saturday.
It’s common for most UFC title fights to start at midnight or later But right now the UFC is hosting events in its own special bubble in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which allowed the promotion to explore possibilities that are otherwise difficult when hosting events in the United States
For example, in September 2019, UFC experimented with an early start time for UFC 242: Nurmagomedov vs. Poirier Main card start time of 2 p.m. ET benefited Nurmagomedov fans in Russia and in most countries in Europe that have been able to take advantage of an extremely rare evening fight card
With Nurmagomedov’s incredible global fanbase, the UFC has once again opted for the 2 p.m. main card start time for UFC 254, with a six-fight main card slated for Saturday afternoon, Nurmagomedov vs Gaethje is expected to start at 4:30 p.m. ET
UFC 254 is an exclusive pay-per-view card from ESPN and that means fight fans in the United States can only watch the map by ordering and streaming the event on ESPN
Jake Nichols is the editor-in-chief of The Body Lock Previously he was the MMA editor at RealSport
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